The National Association for Music Education Announces Lowell Mason Fellows for 2010
Distinguished Individuals are Recipients of Prestigious Honor Named for Founder of American Music Education
RESTON, VA (June 23, 2011) — The National Association for Music Education (MENC) announced the individuals designated Lowell Mason Fellows for 2010. Lowell Mason (1792-1872) is credited with introducing music instruction to American public schools and establishing teacher training in music education. This honor, presented in his name since 2002, recognizes outstanding music educators, advocates, business leaders, and other individuals who have made enduring contributions to the field of music education. The 2010 Fellows, who will be formally recognized in a June 26 ceremony during MENC’s 2011 Music Education Week in Washington, DC, are:
- Dr. Lynn M. Brinckmeyer, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music Education at Texas State University; President of MENC: The National Association for Music Education, 2006-2008
- Florence Henderson, television and Broadway actress, singer, music advocate.
- L. Scott McCormick, former president and CEO, Music For All; founder and CEO of the National Association of Music Parents
- George N. Parks (awarded posthumously), Professor of Music and Director of the UMass Minuteman Marching Band; founder of George N. Parks Drum Major Academy
Lowell Mason Fellows are individuals who have furthered The National Association for Music Education (MENC)’s mission of music education for all. Past Fellows include: Music educators, music education advocates, policy makers, business leaders, and celebrities. The names of the Fellows are permanently displayed at the association headquarters in Reston, Virginia.
“Music education makes a significant, positive difference in the lives of students,” says Scott C. Shuler, president of MENC. “It is therefore both important and appropriate to recognize these individuals, who have made outstanding contributions to ensuring that our nation’s children receive a quality music education.”
MENC: The National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, MENC serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school. MENC’s mission is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education. MENC is located in Reston, VA.